On Saturday, Egypt’s Health Accreditation and Regulation (GAHAR), World Health Organization (WHO), and General Health Care authority marked World Patient Safety Day 2021.
On this annual occasion, Dr. Ashraf Ismail, head of GAHAR, delivered an opening speech at a special event.
In his address at the opening of the ceremony, Ismail revealed that Egypt is looking forward to enhancing the health sector, as the president launched a set of health initiatives aimed at providing health services throughout Egypt.
“We support these national and international initiatives, led by our leadership and World Health Organization, which focuses on raising awareness and ensuring that patient safety is established as a global health priority.”
“The numbers of hospitals and medical units was part of the system in 12 provinces are five and 170, respectively,” he revealed.
On her part, WHO representative Naima Al-Qusayr said: “I am delighted to be able to celebrate and promote this year’s World Patient Safety Day on the theme of ‘Safe Maternal and Newborn Care’.”
“Through the implementation of the National Maternity Strategy and Health Information and Quality Authority’s maternity care and bereavement standards in accordance with President Abdel Fatah Elsisi’s directives and his national initiative for a comprehensive medical care system; we are seeing tangible improvements that enhance the safety and experience for women, babies, and families,” Al-Qusayr explained.
“Actually, Egypt does well in terms of good results for mother and baby,” she said. “Although this is reassuring, it is only one step in providing a service that will ensure the safest and best outcome for each and every mother and baby. This is really an objective that everyone providing maternity care is committed to,” she noted.
She also praised the commitment of Egyptian healthcare workers involved in providing maternity and newborn care: “We have incredible Egyptians working in the maternity services and in community and hospital settings, in addition to dedicated and talented staff providing excellent care all year round.”
Meanwhile, the General Authority of Healthcare Chairman Ahmed Elsobky said: “On World Patient Safety Day, I would like to both celebrate and recognize our fantastic midwives, and indeed all maternity staff, not only for the joy, compassion, and comfort they bring to mothers and families but also for the central role they play in keeping mums and babies safe.”
In the same context, he said: “There are many significant elements to provide a world-class maternity service. The one component that must be front and center of any maternity service is safety – for the mother and for the baby.”
In conclusion, significant investment has taken place since the publication of the Presidential National Health Care Strategy to ensure safer services, quicker access, more choice, and more appropriate facilities, according to health care representatives.